History Main / CommutingOnABus

17th Jun '16 1:16:25 AM erforce
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* Between the first ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', Donkey Kong's role was reduced to a DistressedDude, only showing up at the end of the game.

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* Between the first ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', Donkey Kong's role was reduced to a DistressedDude, only showing up at the end of the game.
9th Jun '16 5:45:55 AM Bronzethumb
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* Pvt. Donut and Doc frequently flit in and out of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', in Donut's case because his voice actor is not a Rooster Teeth employee, just a friend of the creators, leading him to be written and out over the various seasons (he's a regular at the moment), while Doc just didn't appear for three seasons, took another season off, came back, and is currently (midway through Season 12) missing as of the end of Season 11.

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* Pvt. Donut and Doc frequently flit in and out of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. In Donut's case case, it's because his voice actor is not a actor, Dan Godwin, notoriously refused to quit his day job and join [[Creator/RoosterTeeth Rooster Teeth employee, just a friend of Productions]], and only appears as Donut when it's convenient to his personal schedule (by comparison, the creators, leading him to be written rest of ''Red Vs Blue'''s principal cast and out over the various seasons (he's crew either work at Rooster Teeth or are full-time actors). The result is that Donut can go from being a regular at character to recurring to completely absent within the moment), while Doc just didn't appear for three seasons, took another season off, came back, and is currently (midway through Season 12) missing as space of the end of Season 11.
a few seasons.
27th May '16 11:57:50 PM Midna
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* Following the fifth installment of ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', Franchise/DonkeyKong was demoted from a playable character to a star-giving NPC.
** After a temporary promotion to playable character for the fifth and sixth installments, Koopa Kid was demoted back down to NPC for the seventh and disappearing completely after that.

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* Following Starting with the fifth installment of ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', Franchise/DonkeyKong was demoted from a playable character to a star-giving NPC.
NPC. He only returned to playable status in ''Mario Party 10'', over a decade later.
** After a temporary promotion to playable character for the fifth and sixth installments, Koopa Kid was demoted back down to NPC for the seventh and disappearing completely after that.that, his role being handed over to Bowser Jr.
24th May '16 11:53:17 PM Kid
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* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Weir and Ford did this before being dropped entirely Weir's actress could not return to do any more episodes (despite the writers having plans for a longer arc involving her), so they pulled (another) TheOtherDarrin on her (the character's 2nd time; disappointing the fans who hoped the 1st actress would be brought back) before having her PutOnABus. Ford just wasn't very interesting to them, so despite bringing him back several times he was eventually dropped.

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* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Weir and Ford did this before being dropped entirely entirely. Weir's actress could not return to do any more episodes (despite the writers having plans for a longer arc involving her), so they pulled (another) TheOtherDarrin on her (the character's 2nd time; time, disappointing the fans who hoped the 1st actress would be brought back) before having her PutOnABus. Ford just wasn't very interesting to them, so despite bringing him back several times he was eventually dropped.
19th May '16 9:40:42 AM Piando
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* Most of the cast of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were downgraded to second tier after the Saiyan saga, including Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Puar. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu eventually completely disappear, minus a cameo in the Buu saga, and in GT Yamcha only appears in eye catches and a cameo in two episodes.
** The trend is slightly reversed in Super, where all of the above were present at Bulma's birthday party and almost all of them had at least one significant scene.

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* Most of the cast of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were downgraded to second tier after the Saiyan saga, including Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Puar. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu eventually completely disappear, minus a cameo in the Buu saga, and in GT [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] Yamcha only appears in eye catches and a cameo in two episodes.
** The trend is slightly reversed in Super, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where all of the above were present at Bulma's birthday party and almost all of them had at least one significant scene.



* Mamiya of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' was initially introduced as an ActionGirl counterpart to Kenshiro and Rei who, while lacking the same [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower martial arts training]] as her male counterparts, could hold her own against most of the thugs she faced. She gradually became less of a major character and more of a romantic interest for Rei as the series progressed and the enemies faced by Ken and Rei became tougher. When Rei was killed off at the end of the Yuda arc, Mamiya was demoted from a main character to a semi-recurring one, making only a couple of later appearances in the manga and TV series.

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* Mamiya of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' was initially introduced as an ActionGirl counterpart to Kenshiro and Rei who, while lacking the same [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower martial arts training]] as her male counterparts, could hold her own against most of the thugs she faced. She gradually became less of a major character and more of a romantic interest for Rei as the series progressed and the enemies faced by Ken and Rei became tougher. When Rei was killed off at the end of the Yuda arc, Mamiya was demoted from a main character to a semi-recurring one, making only a couple of later appearances in the manga and TV series.
7th May '16 8:30:33 PM nombretomado
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* After Richie Cunningham left ''HappyDays'', his friend Potsie remained on the show in various different roles before getting a job working for Mr. Cunningham. His screen time, however, was greatly reduced and he wasn't present in several episodes because the writers struggled to find things for him to do.

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* After Richie Cunningham left ''HappyDays'', ''Series/HappyDays'', his friend Potsie remained on the show in various different roles before getting a job working for Mr. Cunningham. His screen time, however, was greatly reduced and he wasn't present in several episodes because the writers struggled to find things for him to do.



* This happened to Toby in the final season of ''TheWestWing''. Understandable, given that [[spoiler:Toby had been fired from the White House and so would no longer be naturally interacting with the characters on a day-to-day basis]].

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* This happened to Toby in the final season of ''TheWestWing''.''Series/TheWestWing''. Understandable, given that [[spoiler:Toby had been fired from the White House and so would no longer be naturally interacting with the characters on a day-to-day basis]].
21st Apr '16 9:58:36 PM dantesque17
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* Very common in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Several former main cast members will be downgraded to guest, but still have heavy recurring roles, including Nina Meyers, Sherri Palmer, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, James Heller, Curtis Manning, Charles Logan, Audrey Raines, James Heller, and Ethan Kanin. On some cases a character will be credited as a regular but only make some recurring appearances (Sherri in Season 2, Tony and Curtis in Season 5), which often led to them being written out shortly after.

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* Very common in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Several former main cast members will be downgraded to guest, but still have heavy recurring roles, including Nina Meyers, Sherri Palmer, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, James Heller, Curtis Manning, Charles Logan, Audrey Raines, James Heller, and Ethan Kanin. On some cases a character will be credited as a regular but only make some recurring appearances (Sherri in Season 2, Tony and Curtis in Season 5), which often led to them being written out shortly after.
27th Mar '16 2:38:22 PM AzureSeas
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* This happens to Hazuki in ''Literature/HibikeEuphonium'', after she fails to qualify for a spot in the orchestra line-up that participates in Nationals.

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* This happens to Hazuki in ''Literature/HibikeEuphonium'', ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'', after she fails to qualify for a spot in the orchestra line-up that participates in Nationals.
19th Mar '16 8:58:05 AM Hossmeister
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9th Mar '16 1:27:58 PM Hossmeister
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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[SoaplandChristmas particularly shocking events]].

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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[BlackBooks [[Series/BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[SoaplandChristmas particularly shocking events]].
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